EUGENE, Ore. -- (March 22, 2010) -- John Steinbeck didn't pen the plot quite this way, but he'd appreciate the humor. "Cannery Row" is edible, and it's set in the University of Oregon's Knight Library rather than Steinbeck's own Monterey, Calif.
With a nod to April Fool's Day, the UO Libraries will host the UO Edible Book Festival in the library's Browsing Room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 1. The public is invited to the free event to view examples of edible books - which must be made from consumable components and reflect the concept of "the book" through the use of text, form or literary inspiration.
For example, "Cannery Row" - the edible book creation of UO library cataloger and metadata technician Paul Harvey - is a row of canned vegetables. Entries will be submitted by UO faculty and staff, with small prizes awarded in several categories.
The UO event is modeled after the International Edible Book Festival, which was first held on Thanksgiving, 1999. Two book artists, Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron, were inspired to stage the initial festival by French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. Since then, edible book festivals have sprung up across the globe on or very near April 1 - Brillat-Savarin's birthday.
Other examples of edible books may be viewed online at the website for the International Edible Book Festival: http://www.books2eat.com/Books2eat/albums/albums.html.
The festival is part of the Year of the Book celebration being held on campus this year.
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